Old Station Nauset, on Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, is a familiar sight but only a few have had the opportunity to visit the inside of the building and learn about its history.

That will change on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts a public open house as part of its 78th anniversary celebrations. The public is welcome to go inside the building, meet members of local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas, and talk with personnel from the Cape Cod National Seashore, which now administers the building.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Making a special appearance will be Coastie The Safety Boat. A robotic boat, Coastie moves, blinks its eyes, sounds horns and sirens, and just might give a little squirt of water to the unwary. Most importantly, Coastie talks and can engage in two-way conversations with visitors about safety on the water.

The Auxiliary will distribute free literature about federal and state boating laws, required and recommended equipment, and information about choosing the right life jacket, and paddle craft safety. The very popular “If Found” stickers, for kayaks and canoes, will be available at no cost.

Visitors also may sign up for free Vessel Safety Checks, and learn about boating safety courses that Cape Cod Flotillas give at various locations throughout the year.